Forget the Old Hill Stations!Get going to Jalna this Summer!

Attributes: Hill Station, Around the City, Unusual Travel Places in India, Hill Station

In the summer months, there is a mighty migration of Delhi dwellers to the great Himalayas. Most people opt for the usual haunts – Shimla, Mussoorie or Nainital – and end up in overcrowded hill stations. Fortunately, the mountains of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are vast, and there are plenty of quaint and quiet places left to explore.

One such charming place is the village of Jalna. Located in Almora district, the village is easily reachable by car – about 380 kms away from Delhi – and offers brilliant views of the snow-capped mountains.

During winters the village itself is covered in snow, and during the Monsoon season, the changing cloud patterns lead to the most incredible and picturesque of views. Post-rain, the temperatures plummet to a chill that is manageable with a warm jacket or sweater.  Although the days are sunny, there is never a need for fans or ACs in this sleepy village, even in the month of June and July.
 
Only a few hundred people live in the village but that doesn’t mean the place lacks facilities of comfort. There are quite a few shops in the village – even an ice-cream parlour that sells the dessert for Rs5 and Rs10 – and the nearby town of Lamgara has even more shops. If by chance you don’t find what you’re looking for in the village, you can always trek or drive to the nearby town.
 
Coming to accommodation, there are a few private cottages in the area as are hotels in the form of the Elphinstone Himalayan Resort and the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam.
 
It’s not all about nature and seclusion in Jalna though. For the place has an 1857 Revolt connection too. The place was founded by Major General Robert Wheeler, son of the Kanpur garrison commander during 1857, who came upon the place during an official tour of Almora.
 
He settled down at the place, his descendants still live there, and developed tea gardens and orchards along the ridge. One of his houses is occupied by his descendants, one is occupied by locals and a fierce-looking dog, and the third one lies in ruins. 

So, this weekend, forget the same old hill stations, instead embark an adventure in Jalna!

Author and Picture Credit: Lisa Garg

Tags: jalna, hill station, weekend getaway

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